A total of 106 law enforcement officers died in line-of-duty incidents last year, according to the latest statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Information (FBI). The nation’s top investigative agency states that at least 55 officers died because of felonious acts, and 51 of these officers were shot and killed by firearms as they conducted their duty.
Out of the 106, 51 officers died in accidents, a significant amount of which (34 officers) died of motor crashes, according to the data.
The 55 felonious deaths of officers occurred in 28 states in the country and in Puerto Rico, marking an increase in the number of officers killed because of criminal acts in 2018 when compared to 2017. A total number of 46 officers were feloniously killed in 2017.